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Nunavik Government Declaration

Nunavik Government Declaration

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Published by: James Henry Bell on Nov 22, 2011
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DECLARATION ON A NUNAVIK GOVERNMENTNunavik Inuit declare their desire and will to create a government for Nunavik based onthe following principles and objectives:1. Any negotiation process shall constitute an exercise of the Nunavik Inuit inherentright to self-government under Section 35 of the Constitution Act and theresulting agreement shall enjoy treaty protection;2. The Nunavik government shall be based on the principle of the Rule of law, willrespect the Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms and the Quebec Charter of rights and freedoms3. The Nunavik government shall be in accordance with the principles contained inthe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other relevant documents;4. The Nunavik government shall come under the jurisdiction of the QuébecNational Assembly; it shall respect the authority of the latter and of the federalParliament;5. Nunavik Inuit knowledge and wisdom, including that of Elders and youth shall beincorporated in the negotiations and implementation of any Nunavik government;6. There shall be special provisions to address the need to promote and protectInuit culture and language in Nunavik;7. The official language of the Nunavik government shall be Inuktitut;
The Nunavik government will have provisions to promote and protect NunavikInuit features of this government;
 9. The Nunavik government shall respect the Arctic character of Nunavik and theimportant relationship between Nunavik Inuit and Inuit of other regions;10. The Nunavik government shall not derogate from any Nunavik Inuit treaty rights(JBNQA and NILCA);11. The Nunavik government shall respect and promote existing Nunavik Inuit treatyrights (JBNQA and NILCA);

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